[events-nyc] camping on wall street
THE THING NYC
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Sat Sep 17 02:19:50 UTC 2011
Dear patriots, rabble-rousers, revolutionaries,
On Saturday thousands of us will occupy Wall Street. We will wave our
signs, unfurl our banners, beat our drums, chant our slogans … and then
we'll get down to business and hold several people's assemblies to
decide what our "one demand" will be.
Shall we demand that President Obama reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act;
outlaw flash trading; impose a 1% tax on all financial transactions?
These are good ideas but not very energizing.
How about we demand the revocation of corporate personhood?
Feels a bit too abstract. Many Americans don't fully grasp what's at
stake with this one. And besides, even if he wants to, President Obama
cannot deliver this immediately. In the wake of the recent Supreme Court
ruling, a reform project like this requires a constitutional amendment
that would take a few years and a whole movement to achieve.
We could demand Obama set up an American Democracy Reform Commission
tasked with ending the monied corruption in Washington? Or perhaps a
Presidential Commission to rethink the American banking system?
Most Americans know that Washington is awash with corporate money and
undue influence and would like to see democracy vibrant again. And most
would also love to see the "too big to fail" banks broken up, downsized
and made to serve the people, the economy and society again. A demand
along those lines just might capture the public's imagination.
What if, try as we might, we just can't come up with only one demand?
Well, then maybe we can decide together on an END THE MONIED CORRUPTION
OF AMERICA MANIFESTO – a rousing compendium of our most urgent demands.
And on the seventh day of our occupation we publicly deliver our
manifesto to the White House and to the American media, letting Obama
know that we won't leave Wall Street until he responds.
If thousands of us hang in there day after day, week after week, we may
be able to create a spectacular revolutionary experience that fires up
the public imagination and eventually maneuvers Obama into doing
something that he has so far not had the guts to do: agree to a bold,
decisive stroke against the financial corruption of America. Now that
would get the American people behind us and cheering us on from coast to
If we can achieve that, the sky will be the limit … further demands will
follow and a new America will be born.
On Saturday, our Tahrir moment begins … strength, courage, nonviolence!
for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ
This Saturday at Noon, meet in Bowling Green Park at the Charging Bull
statue in Lower Manhattan. Then at 3pm, join your fellow compatriots at
One Chase Manhattan Plaza for the first of many people's assemblies.
Check out occupywallst.org/article/lead-up-to-occupation for additional
information that you should know before the occupation begins.
For those who cannot attend one of the global solidarity occupations
happening in Milan, Madrid, Valencia, London, Lisbon, Athens, San
Francisco, Santander, Madison, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and now Algeria
and Israel, there will also be a live stream of #OCCUPYWALLSTREET at:
occupywallstreet.org / occupywallst.org
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